After a total of 32 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) were submitted by publishers from across the country, ArtsNL has released the long list of finalists its 2019 Winterset Award.
The finalists are Lindsay Bird for "Boom Time"; Sonja Boon for "What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home"; Megan Gail Coles' "Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club"; "The Innocents" by Michael Crummey; "This is Agatha Falling" from Heather Nolan; and Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue "Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive."
The three finalists will be revealed on March 4, with the winner announced at Government House on March. 26. The winner will receive a prize of $12,500 and two finalists will each receive $3,000.
Finalists will read from their works and answer questions from the audience at a public reading and reception on Wednesday, March 25 at The Rooms in St. John’s.
The Winterset Award honours the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn — St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn, established the award in 2000, which is managed by ArtsNL. It is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra grew up.